Thursday, March 12, 2015

How to Disable the Write Protection on Dell Windows 8 USB Recovery Sticks - ROUND 2


If you've purchased a PC from Dell lately you might have noticed that there is an option to get the recovery media, specifically Windows 8.1, on an 8GB USB flash drive. After collecting a few of these, you may start asking yourself if you can use these for something other than recovery media. This is about when you discover that the the freaking things are read only. Here's how to reformat the newer, "Blue Label", Dell USB Recovery drives.

UPDATE 2016/10/07: If you have Dell Windows 10 USB sticks, please see How to Disable the Write Protection on Dell Windows 10 USB Recovery Sticks.

UPDATE: jParnell8839 pointed out in the comments below (and I confirmed) that at least some, if not all, of the Dell USB drives that are currently shipping with Dell PCs do not work with this process and it may brick your USB drive. The offending drives have blue labels and can be identified in UPTool as "TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K)". Blue label drives that identify themselves as "TC58TEG6TCK (eD3.8K)" should work with UPTool without issue.

UPDATE 2: Steve Cole posted in the comments below the solution for the eD2.16k drives. The new guide can be found at http://www.techunboxed.com/2015/07/how-to-disable-write-protection-on-dell.html. Thanks Steve.



Disabling the Write Protection on Dell eD3.8k Blue Label Drives

The older versions of these drives, with the multi-color label on the back, were writable after a low-level format (see... How to Disable the Write Protection on the Dell Windows 8 USB Recovery Stick for a step-by-step guide). The low-level format tool that works so well on the old drives ruins the newer version of the drives with solid blue labels on the back.


The Internet to the rescue! I've been at a loss for a few months on what to do with the Blue Label drives. I've tried a number of things and fried a number of USB thumb drives. I had given up on the Blue Label drives when Tojo swaggered in and dropped the solution in the comments of the original Dell USB drive post. What I've done, below, is take his directions and put them in our guide format. I've made no attempt to try other settings and have made very little changes. All the credit should go to Tojo.

I've low-level formatted more than a few blue label Dell USB drives with this utility and it works well. It also fixed the Blue Label drives that the other low-level format utility had seemingly ruined. It even works on the older, multi-color labeled drives, but it's much slower than the other tool. Again, see the other post for those drives.

WARNING: This process will irrevocably destroy all data on the USB flash drive.

Start by downloading UPTool Ver. 2.092. This can also be downloaded from Tojo's original location, but I've added the dell.ini file to the zip to speed up the process. One last note to cover my ass and temper your expectations, I know nothing about the origins of this utility, use it at your own risk.

Unzip the archive to a folder somewhere and double-click UPTool_Ver2092.exe.


If this is the first time you've run UPTool, you'll get a notification.

Click OK and plug your blue label Dell USB drive into the USB port.



In this example, the utility shows the drive as E and highlights it in blue.

In the upper right hand corner, select something other than By Driver that continues to display the drive in blue.



I've selected By 8-port Hub, and the drive moved down to the top slot of the lower left hand group.

Click the Load SETTING button.



 Browse to the DELL.ini file and click Open.



Click the ReFresh button to make sure the utility is reading the drive using the new settings. The drive may move to a different slot.

Click the START button to start the low-level format of the drive.


The representation of the drive on the screen should change from blue to yellow.



After almost an hour, this one took 54 minutes, the utility completed the low-level format. The drive should be show in green but every blue label drive I've done shows this error. Even with this error, all my drives function as expected.



The newly formatted drive with a test file.




If you choose to change the settings manually, you can edit the dell.ini file or refer to these screen shots of the Setting screens that are accessed by clicking on the SETUP button.


Click OK to authenticate.














86 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for posting and sharing - worked so well!

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  2. This solution is the only one I found that works.

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  3. how come when i try to refresh and wont go to diff slot. after i format now the drive become no media and no drive capacity. please help. Thank you.

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    1. Deal Jeff and all,
      done.....i redo and tested ok.

      Thank you.

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  4. Worked great, a big plus is that you can do more than one drive at a time!!!

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  5. Great job. Thank you so much.

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  6. I think Dell may have updated them again. The versions I had that were working with this post had "TC58TEG6TCK (eD3.8K)" in the upper right hand of the drive's box on the UPTool. In the newer ones we're receiving from Dell, they have "TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K)". It's the same solid blue sticker and the same P/N on the label.

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    1. Thanks for posting this jParnel. I confirmed with my one "TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K)" that these drives do not work with this process. Here we go again.

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    2. It seems the good folks over at USBDev.ru are working on this chipset as we speak. Not being knowledgeable in Russian and having the page translated awkwardly, it's difficult to sift the information, but I'll keep a watch on the forums there.

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  7. It worked great, but it seem that the copy speed is too slow, any one having this problem ?

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  8. Hello,
    On the 4 eD3.8K DELL ubs drives I've got, I get the same error as you mentioned on the 'How to' But they don't show up in 'Computer'. :-( And the 'Disk Management' says that there is no media in the device. Any idea?
    And I've got ~20 eD2.16K ubs drives. Any update about this one?
    Cheers

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    1. Okay, I've now 'unlocked' 3 of 4 usb drives. Some of them worked fine, the others required a secound run. The last one is still in work. Let's see.

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    2. can you tell me Nolem, do you use exact specification listed here in this article or do you somehow modify it, because mine eD2.16K ubs drives do not work. Thank you.

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    3. Can you tell me whether it is working with TGC58TEG6DDK(eD2.16K) or not, if yes then what is the procedure.
      after i format now the drive becomes no media and no drive capacity
      PLEASE HELP

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  9. hello, i've set due to an error, "mode 30" (cd rom drive) and now i'm not able to see the usb device with uptool. can anyone explain how to convert the DVD rom drive back to usb dfevice?

    thanks

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  10. Worked great for me with a blue labeled drive that Dell had mailed to me just a couple weeks ago! First attempt was by 8-port hub which I interrupted at 17%. Since the process had already taken over 40 minutes at that point I thought it got hung up somehow. I then tried by 12-port hub just for kicks, at noticed drive recognition and format went snappier, more responsive overall if that makes any sense. This run I didn't watch past the first few % but let it run over night. The next morning I was smiling at a green 100%! Needless to say the drive works flawless under all read and write conditions since.

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  11. Can anyone tell me whether it is working with TGC58TEG6DDK(eD2.16K) or not, if yes then what is the procedure.
    after i format now the drive becomeS no media and no drive capacity
    PLEASE HELP

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    1. who have firmware for the TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K). please share. this version does not work with TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K)

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  12. who have firmware for the TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K). please share. this version does not work with TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K)

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  13. yes ! I have successfully run the firmware usb 16k
    I upload iflash with
    PID : 5500
    VID : 13FE
    you can download.
    https://facebook.com/ducthanhdbp

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    1. https://www.dropbox.com/s/x6x7oz67h1tkwek/Phison_MPALL_v3.72.0B.rar?dl=0

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    2. Download link does not work. Were you able to get it to work on eD2.16K.

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    4. sr new link. good luck. no virut safe
      https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/ducPhison%20MPALL%20v3.72.0B.rar?_subject_uid=64964112&w=AABHncn4AMOyQZXEFKnfXCDN8C-q_hXldFnDgbr1vhX2Jg&dl=1

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    6. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6Mpu5xK3FHYN0UwbkFFRUk5V2M
      load file dell_16k
      ấn update
      Start

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    7. Your video worked. Just had to find all the files on the usb dev website. Successfully un-bricked a fw 16k usb

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    8. Đức Phạm - you are one genius of a guy, thank you so much!

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    9. thank you very much !!! Danke sehr !!! u saved my drive!

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    10. Thank you sir you saved my bricked drive!!! :D

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    11. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! it works for me

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    12. Someone can send me the dell_16k.ini file, once the google drive link is virus infected.

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  14. Link still does not work unfortunately. A pity as I'd be very interested in a solution for the eD2.16K drives.

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    1. TC58TEG6DDK (eD2.16K) Google "Formatter_SiliconPower.exe"

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    2. I've used it for 20 drives and it worked on all except one. The one that failed was able to be formatted with the method listed here even though it showed up as an (eD2.16K).
      SiliconPower makes the drives about 7.21GB.
      The one I used UPtool on came out to 7.61GB.

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    3. After you use SiliconPower, format the drive using windows. after a few minutes cancel the format and hit cancel on the popup message. unplug and replug the drive then format with windows again, it will/should work fine this time. IDK why but the first time you try to format a drive after using SiliconPower it always fails.

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    4. Thanks Steve! The "round 3" post can be found at:

      http://www.techunboxed.com/2015/07/how-to-disable-write-protection-on-dell.html

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  15. Any chance you'd go for round 4?

    Description: [D:]USB Mass Storage Device(KDI-MSFT Windows 10)
    Device Type: Mass Storage Device

    Protocal Version: USB 3.00
    Current Speed: High Speed
    Max Current: 126mA

    USB Device ID: VID = 0951 PID = 16AA
    Serial Number: 0018F30BC074BF61310816E6

    Device Vendor: KDI-MSFT
    Device Name: Windows 10
    Device Revision: 0100

    Manufacturer: KDI-MSFT
    Product Model: Windows 10
    Product Revision: PMAP

    Chip Vendor: Phison
    Chip Part-Number: PS2251-07(PS2307) - F/W 01.04.53 [2014-12-02]
    Flash ID Code: 983AA892 - Toshiba [TLC]

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  16. I'm sure there'll be more rounds when I get my hands on the new sticks.

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    1. I'd gladly send you a couple to get them unlocked.

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    2. I'll have plenty before too long. Thanks.

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    3. Any update on this? I have 4 I would like to use

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    4. I have a few of these drives and would like to remove the write protection. Has anyone been able to do this?

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    5. I stupidly decided to try the Dell files on this drive and bricked it. Won't detect at all now not even in device manager. Any hopes to recover it coming, or should I toss it?

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    6. any progress on the one mdneilson posted (16AA)? Hoping to not just toss it out...

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  17. The copy speed is very slow after low level format... write 3,5MB/s and read 15MB/s...any one having the same problem?

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    1. I'm getting 24 MB/sec 'ish with a eD2.16k stick low-level formated via the Round 3 (http://www.techunboxed.com/2015/07/how-to-disable-write-protection-on-dell.html) tool.

      What gen stick and what method are you using?

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    2. I have the eD3.8K stick and formated via the Round 2 tool.

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    3. Same problem here, very slow write and read speeds. What to do?

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    4. even I face the same issue. the USB has turned out to be a 2.0 device. The data write speed has gone below 4MB/Sec. Kindly help with a solution.

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  18. This tool did not detect my dell usbr recovery media. It has windows 7 home on it and I have tried everything to remove write protection.

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  20. The part number for my dell usb is FDKF4_A00 if anyone knows how to remove the write protection and format it.

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  21. Worked like a charm on a TC58TEG6T2JT ED3.8K, thanks a lot!

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  22. Obrigado. isso que estava procurando. Abraços!

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  23. Anybody know what the Dell.ini file has it in could they copy and paste the contents in here as my UPTool does not have a dell.ini file located in the folder.

    Thanks

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  24. Worked for me. Thanks to you and Tojo!

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  25. I think I've bricked two flash drives. Is there any way to unbrick them?

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  27. I've bricked an eD2.16k stick by following round 2 and then round 3 :(
    I'm back on round 2, playing with settings, to try to resurrect.

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  28. i have done the same process as above mentioned with UP TOOL. but after the process the pen drive is not detecting. Can you suggest any solution?

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  29. The tool worked good and removed the write protection BUT: The writing speed is too low.
    Any ideas how to fix it?

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  30. Depois do processo o meu simplesmente sumiu .. não é mais reconhecido por nada...
    Alguma solução?

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  31. Excellent this process works very well, I had more than 100 memories and I clean 20

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  32. Thank you, helped a lot .. was the only tutorial I found that really works .. thanks for sharing .. already went over to some friends who were having the same problem

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  33. is there any way to add back the write protection to the usb back again?

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    1. yes, check the sw read only box. but you will need to ise the iso box to get iso data onto it before doing that

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  34. following this tutorial and this tool...for me its worked successful!!! to usb 8gb, thks a lot

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  35. This is fine only it only permits me of using files with it and pretty slow too around 4mb, if I try to make it bootable grub fails on every stick I tried (I have 5 of the eD3.8k) is there not a setting that might tweaked to make it faster and more stable or is it the hardware itself or the way it's soldered maybe...?

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  36. Funciona al 100%... 0 ERRORES... el proceso fue realizado con una USB Dell Etiqueta Azul.. de 8Gb.

    !!Recomendado!!

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  37. Me EQUIVOQUE, puse seleccione "By Driver", No lo puedo formatear de nuevo, como lo puedo recuperar?

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  38. is there any fix for TC58TEG6TGLTA00 (eD3.16K) stick?...so far no one is able unlock dell USB with this firmware.

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    1. For me its working with this sticks. The only different is after loading the file, i set the option to "By Driver" nnot "By 8-Port Hub".
      I'v done it with 40 sticks :D

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    2. Refer to this post comment. The file worked for me.

      http://www.techunboxed.com/2015/07/how-to-disable-write-protection-on-dell.html?showComment=1468423667549#c2982980446778947251

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  39. Thanks a lot! It worked perfectly for my eD3.8K

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  40. Anyone has the issue that the Sticks can not boot anymore after this format ?
    I formated them, then put my image on the stick but is not recognized anymore in the BIOS (DELL Latitude 10)

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    1. I just found this site, but I have learned a lot before finding this site. As for Pinni3, make sure that you format your Stick as FAT32/8192 Allocation Unit Size (AUS). Make sure that there is a
      BOOTMGR.EFI and/or a BOOTMGR file (I have both). IF you have the Dell device setup for UEFI, then you need the BOOTMGR.EFI file. IF not, then you need a BOOTMGR on the root of the USB device. Lastly, you have to make sure that the USB device is bootable. Is it bootable on any other computer?

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  41. Thanks... Really useful tutorial. Nice tool, worked for 2 of my DELL's USB.

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  42. Anyone else resolved the slow R/W on a eD3.8k stick?

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